Sunday, June 18, 2006

Now, Free Ways to Do Desktop Work on the Web - New York Times

Now, Free Ways to Do Desktop Work on the Web - New York Times: Lots of good links in this article. Here are some of them. This all bodes well for work groups and getting things done quickly on a collaborative basis.

"If you don't want to wait for Google, a similar browser application is already available called Zoho Writer at (I wrote most of this article on Zoho with as much ease as writing with Microsoft Word.) Writeboard ( is a competitor. Another program, called Ajax Write (, lacks the spell checking and word count functions that Word has taught us to rely upon.

But you need not stop there. Applications for coordinating calendars among friends and family is another popular application that replaces some of the functions of Microsoft's Outlook program. Yahoo and Google have some, but there are others, including one from a start-up named 30Boxes ( that is very easy to use. Microsoft is also beginning to offer collaborative Web tools.

If you like the idea of making your Web browser do more work, you might also download the Firefox browser, made by another competitor nipping at Microsoft's heels (at Then you can start using any of the hundreds of add-ons, called extensions, that independent programmers have created to add functions to the browser, for example, the ability to synchronize bookmarks between computers, block ads or download video faster.

Google Labs offers some of them. One of the most useful is Notebook. "

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